The Tyne and Wear Archives & Museum has just released a terrific set of mug shots from a 1930s. According to the TWAM site, the photos come from an identification book originally sourced from a junk shop. What I love about these photos are the split view poses struck by the disheveled yet handsomely dressed perps. Adding a touch of high art, several of the secondary views are out of focus or feel gratuitous – like school retake photos showing us the perp’s better half. Out of context, the mug shots read like casting photos for Fritz Lang’s M or the latest Engineered Garments lookbook.
Examine the cards closely and you’ll see evidence of a downbeat, Raymond Chandleresque portrait of crime and criminal behavior in the 30s (one that feels oblique and victimless). Targets include a depopulated sphere of clubs, warehouses, offices, and shops. My favorite M.O. (revealing a full character portrait in a few phrases) can be found on the final mug shot for William Jones (DEAD): “Shopbreaking. Uses various method of entry. Works alone. Plays violin outside public houses. Convicition in America for shooting a man.”
We’ve been sending Archival bags out into the ether since 2009. As an amateur image archivist I’m delighted that customers are starting to send back photos of their bags in situ. Here are some recent, travel themed submissions to our archives.
Jack Russell portage
Flap musette on long boat in Thailand
Field bag in Dakar, Senegal
Flap Musette in Central Park, NYC
Original Musette at the beach
Trusty Rucksack in Mallorca
If you have use photos you wish to submit for future display, send them to info@archivalclothing or post via our Archival Clothing Facebook page.
We love using these simple zip pouches to corral our accessories, pens and pencils, or small essentials within a larger bag. It creates order and keep things neat.
The small size is great as a pencil pouch or for your lighters and knives when camping. The medium size is perfect for securing a small device with chargers and cords. And the largest pouch fits an iPad perfectly, though it’s also great for keeping a notepad out of harm’s way when hiking or hunting.
Made of stout, water-resistant 18 ounce cotton duck, and a burly #5 Ideal zipper. Inside seam is taped.
Available colors: Bottle Green (deadstock), Burgundy, Navy, Teal, Red
We couldn’t find a lightweight waxed cotton baseball cap that was readily available and made in the USA, so we’ve produced one ourselves. Classic five panel design with leather tab back adjustment. Made of a 5.5 ounce waxed cotton/nylon that’s both durable and lightweight. Ideal for all-weather walking, fishing, and hunting. Available via our Archival web shop.
One size fits most. If you have a larger head (sizes 7 3/4 and above), this cap might feel a bit small.
Made in USA
Tom modeling summer prototype of the trail cap in a future color – ranger tan
Per Peter Allen – Everything Old is New Again. I’ve been browsing through the pages of Men’s Club magazine from Japan. Who needs a costly Free & Easy subscription when everything about outdoor and inspired cycling garb has already been spelled out in 1977. Here are a few sample views: I love the mixed view approach of Japanese magazines: model the fashion and then provide a beautifully arranged, spatialized shopping list of essential supplies. Even in 1977, Brooks saddles, lace up leather cycling shoes and French cyclo-tourist bags were the final word.
Makes sense to me – backpacking along the interstate. Don’t forget your flask and water filter.
We are now offering our long sleeve tee for women in classic white. Our tees are made from the same high quality US-made fabric, with the same popular features as our men’s tees:
Sturdy and soft 7 oz. cotton jersey Chain-stitched jersey neck tape Cover-stitched collar and sleeve seams Double needle sewn hems
We’ve added two special details for our women’s model: reinforced 2″ side vents for freedom of movement and a proportional neckline using narrow rib trim.
Our tees are built to withstand the rigors of daily use and regular washing without stretching or developing the small pin holes typical of lighter weight garments. These tees will last season to season, maintaining their color, their shape and their quality.
While I edit together a new kinoks movie, here are a few placeholder views of my return trip to Camp Robbinswold. Thanks to Sara T. (and an amazing cast of extras) for performing as my camp hands and feet since my historical surrogate was unavailable.
I love it when Archival customers emerge from the ether to visit our headquarter in Eugene, Oregon. This weekend, Patrick H., a longtime AC reader, dropped by on his way back from a Victoria, BC, to San Francisco bike tour. Patrick first reached out to Archival asking for SF shop recommendations (we have many!). It was great to hear about Patrick’s trip and his work at MEC – the Canadian equivalent of REI. Unsurprisingly, Patrick and I share many mutual obsessions – from lugged steel Rivendell bicycles and Filson field bags to notebooks and fine writing instruments. Documentary evidence of Patrick’s visit below: